The Natural Way

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sometimes odds and ends accumulate and you really have to do a yard sale. For me, the push to get this sort of cleansing done is having the stack of small things get bigger to the point where the messiness demands attention. The stack gets big because of small odds and ends. We humans tend to do well with an herbal cleanse in the spring and fall so here is my attempt to get rid of odds and ends before the year is out.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 continues to be the supplement which enjoys the most grand of cotillions. For decades we were told to be careful and not take too much for fear of becoming toxic. So, we dutifully starved ourselves of proper amounts and helped create or contribute to many kinds of ailments.

Fibromyalgia aches and pains, insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, poor immune systems, lowered bone density and even cancers may be connected to chronic vitamin D3 deficiencies. You can ask your doctor for a lab test called hydroxy 25 D3 to see if you are deficient.

These days I'm very comfortable suggesting 4,000 to 6,000 iu/day, as long as kidney function is good. Higher doses can be useful but should be taken only under advisement from your healthcare practitioner.


A big myth has been overturned. Testosterone is always controversial but at about midlife a criss-cross happens between men and women. In relative terms, men decrease testosterone while women increase testosterone, generally in their 40s and 50s.

It used to be thought testosterone fed prostate cancers (only men have a prostate) so enhancing testosterone by prescription or through a natural supplement containing chrysin was considered dangerous.

That idea began changing five to seven years ago but only recently was fully understood and found to be a big myth. Turns out PSA levels do not increase when testosterone levels are improved, so says Harvard based Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, MD. In fact he states the risk of prostate cancer increases in aging men with loss of testosterone. I supplement with three tablets of a chrysin supplement each day.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is still in the news and remains one of the most studied and beat upon supplements I can imagine. I'm astounded at the continued obsessive beating that has occurred to vitamin E via research studies.

Just today, I read a news report that once again stated research found no benefit when one took 400 iu every other day. To me this is a ridiculously low amount of the vitamin so I'm not surprised at the finding.

I didn't see if they used an all natural E rich in tocotrienols and tocopherols or if it was synthetic. Synthetic has never been useful. At least in this news story they didn't find anything negative as they have in the past. Seems to me some group is intent on discrediting vitamin E.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C was studied along with vitamin E and found not to be effective at preventing cancer. Again, the amount of C used was inconsequential for the purpose of cancer prevention. Our bodies have a limit of C that we can absorb through digestion and the amount used in the study was even lower than that. The studies that have shown benefit were done with an IV drip. Again, it seems the research protocol was set to prove failure.

Acid/base balance

Finally, no supplement can change the acid/base balance of your blood. If we could, we would be either cooking our internal organs or pickling them by eating food. Overall, acid/base is controlled by the parathyroid gland and not by the food we consume.

That being said, if you have low bone density, reduce your meat intake as your parathyroid will take calcium from your bones to get the acid/base balance proper in your blood, making the bone weaker.

Sure does feel good to get the house keeping done.

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